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Do You Exchange Gifts to Get What You Really Wanted?

If you're a fan of Friends like I am, you might remember that Rachel Green is a notorious gift exchanger. Almost always when gifted a present from friends or family, Rachel rushed to exchange it for something she really wanted.

Obviously, her little exchanging operation backfired more than a couple times, when she was called out for being insensitive and rude by more than one of her five closest pals. Of course, in Rachel's defense, if the gifts were truly going to waste, an exchange was probably a good way to ensure that the gifter's money wasn't totally lost on something that was never going to be used. But, if the giver ever asks to see you wear the scarf she gave you, and all you have to show for it are the new earrings you traded the scarf in for? Well, then you might be in trouble.

Sure, exchanging might be a thrifty way to get yourself what you actually wanted for Christmas, but does that mean you do it? Tell me, do you exchange to get what you really want or maybe even something you need?

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